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What's the hardest picture to take at a wedding? Is it the first kiss? The formals? The bouquet toss?
It's the shoes.
That's right... the bride's shoes can sometimes be the most challenging shot I take all day. You would think that it would be easy to take a picture of these little inanimate objects but it can be very challenging at times. Things that don't move on their own require a lot of attention to posing (shoes, newborns, Kirstie Alley...) It's easy to fall into a rut and shoot the shoes the same way at every wedding so I'm always looking for anything I can do that might be a little different from the norm.
Also, here in Tampa Bay I see a lot of flats and sandals at my weddings. Taking a majestic picture of a pair of sandals is a challenge, believe me.
In an attempt to show you just how much work can go into what appears to be a quick and easy shot, here's a series of images from a recent wedding that show my thought process. I'm sure that there are many photographers who will laugh at the time and energy I spend on these shots sometimes but that's me.
Christa and Mike were married at Shephard's Resort in Clearwater. Looking around their room I didn't see anything that jumped out at me as a great place to place the shoes so I moved to the small balcony. I liked the brick floor so I set down the shoes and took a quick shot to get a feel for the light and texture: